8th Grade Newsletter - April 18, 2016

Eighth Grade Newsletter: April 18th
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8th Grade News
For the Week of April 18th 2016

MCA Testing
The 8th grade Math MCA is next week.  These tests are an opportunity for 8th graders to show what they are currently able to do.  All we can ask is for every 8th grader to give the MCAs their best effort!  Below are some tips to help you do your best:

-Get a good night's sleep (for teens that means AT LEAST 8-9 hours)
-Eat breakfast
-Take your time on the tests
-R-E-L-A-X, and give the test your best effort

Hygiene Drive
The annual hygiene drive takes place this week.  Students may bring hygiene items such as soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.  to their Advisory teacher to be donated.  The Advisory that earns the most points earns a prize from Student Council.

Valleyfair Requirements
In order to go on the Valleyfair trip at the end of the year students cannot have any F's in their core classes.  We do recognize that for some students this may be difficult even if they are putting in the effort.  We also recognize that our entire focus this year has been on improvement for all of our students, so we do have an appeal process for students that may have an F at the end of 2nd semester.  If a student does have an F they may appeal to an 8th grade teacher to still be allowed to go.  In their appeal the student must give evidence of their effort to improve (ex. meeting with the teacher for extra help, taking advantage of retake opportunities, etc.).


English Language Arts (ELA)
Students are wrapping up reading and discussing the final chapters and conclusion 
of To Kill A Mockingbird
 this week!


Students are also focusing on using additional time in class and at home time for writing their strongest essay yet! Students have chosen a character from the text to demonstrate a different characters perspective, or point-of-view(POV), on three significant moments from the text.  

Students are focusing on writing strong academic paragraphs for the body of their essay.  The following week, students will revise and edit their essays, adding introductions and conclusions.  
We will also be taking a couple days in class to compare and contrast the 1961 film adaptation to the novel! 

Multiple resources for To Kill a Mockingbird 
can be found
by clicking HERE! 

Monday: Ch 27 Class Discussion
Ch 28 Class Discussion
WednesdayCh 29 Class Discussion
Thursday: Ch 30-31 Class Discussion
Friday:  Final TKAM Socratic Seminar
Independent Reading / April Independent Reading Log (if time allows)

Check the student portal to make sure you have turned in ALL your work!

Remember to turn in your March Independent Reading! 
The April online survey can be found on my webpage by clicking here!
Mr. Sundlin

Mousetrap is looking for contributors 
to join the newspaper.
See Mr. S or show up at the Media Center
on Friday at 2:45pm!

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Are you energetic?
Enjoy writing and sharing ideas?
Have fun working in groups?

Students interested in playing a part reporting our school news 
can meet in the Media Center after school to share 
their skills and talents! (i.e. reporting, writing, photography, survey, art)
Listen and look for Mousetrap reminders in class, at lunch, and in the hallways!

Intermediate Algebra

Please make sure you are checking the portal. The majority of the students are failing math due to not turning in any homework.

The MCA will start on April 25th.

Monday: Pythagorean Theorem/Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
Tuesday: General Practice of MCA Content
Wednesday: Numbers/You decide

Thursday: Scientific Notation/Solving Equations and Inequalities

Friday: Systems of Equations

Erin Lindsay
This week is all about the changing moon.

Monday - Test - open notes - Sun/Earth/Moon system

Tuesday - Moon phases - Lab activity

Wednesday - Review moon phases - notes

Thursday - Moon phases online simulations

Friday - Solar and lunar eclipses.

*Remember the moon observation project! Please start early and observe often - cloudy spring weather can make a late start difficult to overcome. Data is due May 2nd.

Mr. Iverson
Global Studies  
We will resume regular Global Studies classes this week by starting to explore the physical geography of Europe and Russia.  We will spend about 3 and a half weeks with this unit and spend the last 3 and a half weeks of the year exploring Asia.

Monday: Europe Brainstorm

Tuesday: Mapping Europe (due Thursday)

Wednesday: Physical Geography of Europe and Russia Notes

Thursday: Europe Physical Geography Case Study

Friday: Cold War/Economic terms Review
Transition to High School

Field's 8th graders can now register for Fast Track Scholars! Fast Track Scholars is a summer program for current 8th graders. The program provides the opportunity for students to begin earning high school credits this summer and help them transition into high school.  

Click the link below for more information.
See Kelly Burnett for more information and registration forms.
Kelly Burnett
Licensed School Counselor
Field Community School

8th grade students should plan on attending the high school registration night for the school they are placed in. 
High School Registration Nights
Washburn - Thursday, April 28th                          
5:00-Last Name A-H
6:00-Last Name I-P
7:00-Last Name Q-Z
Roosevelt - Thursday, April 28th - 6:30-8:00 P.M.
South - Wednesday, May 4th - 6:30-8:00 P.M.   

This is the time students will request their classes and get information about their high school.
See Kelly Burnett for more information and registration forms.
Kelly Burnett
Licensed School Counselor
Field Community School
Student Council Announcements

Student Council Logo Hygiene Drive starts Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22nd. Field school is teaming up with the Hale Food drive to ensure that everyone gets the basic items they need. Advisory's will compete to collect the most points. Points are award for items donated such as a toothbrush is 5 points and dish soap is 1 point per ounce. Advisory's will collect items and record points daily. Each grade level advisory with the most points will win a pizza party.

                         SPIRIT DAY
Spirit Day Friday, April 29th.
Student council is requesting your child's participation in our next spirit day. Sports day, will take place on Friday April 29th. Student council is hoping to see jerseys, uniforms and someequipment from all sports. Student and professional sports teams are both great. Again, prizes will be given at lunch. Thank you!
What is the Spring Fling?
Planning continues for The Spring Fling! For those who may not be familiar with The Spring Fling, it's a fun-filled, adult-only party with music, dancing, food, cocktails and mingling that builds community spirit and raises money for our schools. This year's fundraising event will run from 7-11 p.m. on April 30th at Our Lady of Peace where the committee will transform the OLP gym into a world tour featuring Coney Island's Boardwalk, Germany's Octoberfest and other global destinations. 

In my 5 years in the Hale/Field community I have been overwhelmed and impressed by the generous people that support our schools. This party is a great way to continue that while also getting to know the parents and teachers of our schools.

I am really looking forward to this year's Spring Fling and I hope that you can join us! For now, get 4/30/16 on you calendar and look for more details to follow. 

Jackie Just 
Spring Fling Co-Chair

Want to be more involved in Spring Fling?

We would be overjoyed to have you share your talents with us as we continue to plan this fantastic event. Please consider joining one of the volunteer teams. Even if you only have an hour to give, we'd love to have you. 
More information on volunteer teams here: http://vols.pt/Hzdfk2

Spring Fling Parent Information Form

Dear families,
Regardless of if you are able to attend or not, the Spring Fling Committee is hopeful you'll take the time to fill out this quick online parent information form to better help them plan for this year's fun-filled event. It should only take a few minutes of your time: http://tinyurl.com/j592bmh

Dates to Remember Dates to Remember
    • 4/22 - AVID Field Trip
    • 4/23- (Sat) Spring Clean-Up
    • April 30 (Sat):  Spring Fling -- annual fundraiser (adults)
Contact Info:

Language Arts nbsp;
Michael Sundlin



Social Studies

8th Grade AVID


Ola Lloyd

Bev Halvorson


School Social Worker:
Kelly Burnett


Marty Johnson

Allison McCarthy

Reading Specialist:
Bev Halvorson

Math Specialist:
Craig Hamilton


Site Council Representatives for 8th grade:
Jeanne Mettner
Cell (612)889-8047

Korey Stoelzing
Main Office (and Attendance):
Traci Lynstad

In This Issue

About the Site Council:

Site Council meetings are the 1st Wednesday of the month from 4:00 - 5:30 and are open to anyone wishing to attend.  If you have a topic to discuss you must be on the agenda prior to the meeting.  Please contact the 8th grade representative to be added to the agenda.

Field Middle School, 612-668-3640, 4645 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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